[ISHMap-List] Fwd: ["EXLIBRIS-L"] Behind the scenes of the Nuremberg Chronicle: The library of Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514)

Joel Kovarsky joel.kovarsky at gmail.com
Wed Apr 29 15:55:46 CEST 2015

I thought this post to ExLibris-L might interest some here.

         Joel Kovarsky

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Subject: 	["EXLIBRIS-L"] Behins the scenes of the Nuremberg Chronicle: 
The library of Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514)
Date: 	Wed, 29 Apr 2015 15:19:37 +0200
From: 	Bettina Wagner <Bettina.Wagner at bsb-muenchen.de>
Reply-To: 	exlibris-l at list.indiana.edu
To: 	Bettina Wagner <Bettina.Wagner at bsb-muenchen.de>

Dear colleagues,

I would like to inform you that an English edition of the Munich exhibition catalogue "Worlds of Learning - The Library and World Chronicle of the Nuremberg Physician Hartmann Schedel (1440*1514)" has just been published (more information below). The book is available at an "early bird" price of 19,90 € (+ p&p) until 15 May by direct order from the publisher:
vertrieb at allitera.de

Over 90 manuscripts from Hartmann Schedel's library can be consulted via the Digital Collections of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek:

For incunabula from Schedel's library, see

Kind regards,
Bettina Wagner

The compiler of the 'Nuremberg Chronicle' of 1493 and his book collection

The Nuremberg physician Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514)  is known mainly as the compiler of the World Chronicle which was published by Anton Koberger in a Latin and German version in 1493 and which survives in more than 1,700 copies. The Chronicle is renowned as being the most lavishly illustrated incunable, with more than 1,800 woodcuts depicting biblical and historical events and persons as well as numerous views of European towns, many of which are the earliest accurate representations of these cities. In contrast, the Chronicle's text has received scant attention. Hartmann Schedel compiled it from a large variety of sources that he had assembled over decades in the course of his studies and professional career, which took him to the universities of Leipzig and Padua before he finally settled in his home town of Nuremberg for the rest of his life.

This book accompanies an exhibition shown on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Hartmann Schedel's death at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich. Some 40 manuscripts and early printed books from the learned doctor's private collection are presented. The preservation of Schedel*s library in Munich is due to fortunate circumstances originating in a breach of the expressed wishes of its founder. In his last will and testament, Schedel stipulated that the book collection should remain a family heirloom. However, his grandson Melchior (1516*1571) sold the books to the Augsburg merchant Johann Jakob Fugger in 1552. Scarcely 20 years later, Fugger passed his book collection on to the Bavarian Duke Albrecht V, who integrated it into the Court Library at Munich.

Schedel's book collection is one of the very rare examples of a late mediaeval private library to have survived the centuries in an unusually complete state. It spans a wide range of subjects, beginning with university textbooks on the arts and on medicine which Schedel copied by hand, and includes a large number of early printed books produced by German and Italian presses. Schedel was interested in nearly all subjects: rhetoric, astronomy, philosophy, classical and humanist literature, historiography, geography and cosmography, medicine, law, theology. He enhanced his books with painted and printed images and stored documents in them, among them letters he exchanged with a network of fellow-humanists and book collectors, and notes concerning the acquisition of books. Some of his manuscripts contain detailed autobiographical information, such as coats of arms and portraits  of family members, inventories of property and books, records of journeys he undertook and accounts of important events . There is hardly another fifteenth-century author about whom we know so many private details from such a wide range of different sources. Through his unique manuscripts and rare incunables, Schedel springs to life for us as a person.

Worlds of Learning - The Library and World Chronicle of the Nuremberg Physician Hartmann Schedel (1440*1514)
Ed. Bettina Wagner for the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Munich
Munich: Allitera Verlag, 2015.
168 S., ills.
ISBN: 978-3-86906-757-5


Dr. Bettina Wagner
Leiterin des Referats Handschriftenerschließungszentrum
und der Inkunabelsammlung
Abteilung fuer Handschriften und Alte Drucke
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
Ludwigstr. 16
D-80539 Muenchen
email: bettina.wagner at bsb-muenchen.de
Tel. (++49) 89 / 28638-2982
Fax. (++49) 89 / 28638-12982 oder 2266
postbox: D-80328 Muenchen

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